Commanders must keep Azeez Ojulari quiet
Azeez Ojulari has logged 2.5 sacks in four career starts against the Washington Commanders. He's likely to be the primary pass-rushing threat for the New York Giants if outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux is still dealing with a concussion.
Thibodeaux did practice Thursday, albeit "on a limited (non-contact) basis," according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. If the former first-round pick doesn't take the field, the Commanders will be free to slide protection toward Ojulari.
They should also consider doubling No. 51 by putting tight end John Bates over Ojulari.
Commanders' offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy can expect Giants' defensive play-caller Don 'Wink' Martindale to blitz early and often. The experienced figure's pressure schemes can be effective, but they are boom or bust.
The more the Giants send extra rushers, the more Bieniemy can draw up plays for quarterback Sam Howell to beat pressure. A few big plays from the in-form gunslinger, while DeVito is swarmed upon by Washington's blitz, will prove the difference in this game.